India Unveils Hydrogen Roadmap

Plan envisions one million vehicles using it as fuel by 2020.

Published: 03-Jun-2007

NEW DELHI: The renewable energy ministry on Friday unveiled a Rs 25,000 crore roadmap to promote use of hydrogen, with an estimated one million vehicles using it as fuel by 2020 and the gas being used to fire electricity generation units for an aggregate 1,000 mw of electricity.

As part of the new initiative, a demonstration project for setting up a hydrogen dispensing set-up at a petrol pump in Delhi has been sanctioned as a joint venture with IndianOil Corporation. The project would enable dispensing of neat hydrogen and CNG blended with hydrogen as fuel for vehicles. The project is expected to be commissioned by March 2009.

The station will have a hydrogen generation capacity using an electrolyser system and facilities for storing and dispensing neat hydrogen as well as blended with CNG in varying ratios. The H-CNG blends will be used in the modified CNG vehicles and are expected to further reduce emissions from such vehicles as compared to when burning only CNG. The project would also generate operational experience in handling hydrogen as an automotive fuel.

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